“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” — J. Loren Norris
The School of Business Mentorship Program is designed to bring together students and professionals that share common professional interests. This mentoring relationship will enable business students to be better supported as they explore varied career opportunities and assist them as they navigate those early years of professional life. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved and give back to the KU business community.
WHAT IS MENTORING
Most individuals can think of people in their lives, more experienced than themselves, who taught them something new or simply expressed an interest in their development as a person and professional. They helped them negotiate an uphill path or find an entirely new path to a goal in their academic, career or personal lives. They pointed out talents that individuals hadn't noticed in themselves and stimulated ideas about what they might be able to accomplish. They nudged them when they needed a nudge, challenged them and asked the hard questions. While they may not have been called mentors, these individuals played an important role in facilitating career growth, and the School of Business Mentorship Program offers mentors an engaging opportunity to challenge and support KU business students in their own career development.
Mentors and students will be paired based on a variety of factors, including common career interests and geographic preferences. The matching process for this program will occur once each year of the academic school year, typically in October of the fall semester and March of the spring semester. There will be an expectation for both individuals to engage each other on a regular basis to ensure the relationship grows and benefits both the student and the professional. Currently there are no formal requirements regarding the frequency and structure of these meetings, as we hope to allow each mentoring relationship to develop in a way that best suits the individuals involved. Additional program details, including mentor and mentee guidelines, will be provided to mentors and students once they have been formally matched.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Students within the KU School of Business that are interested in participating in this program need to fill out this Mentoring Application Form and email it, along with a copy of their resume, to Ashley Kruger by October 17, 2014. Students also have the option to bring their application and resume directly to Business Career Services Center, Room 125, Summerfield Hall.
Professionals that are interested in becoming mentors need to fill out this brief Mentor Information Form. This program is open to any alumni from the University of Kansas, as well as any other professionals that are looking for an opportunity to connect with KU and provide assistance to our business students.
Important dates for the 2014-2015 year:
September 30, 10-10:45 a.m., 403 Summerfield — Benefits of Mentoring Workshop
October 17 — Mentorship program application deadline
October 20-31 — Matching process
Mandatory orientation sessions for selected mentees:
- Monday, November 3, 4 p.m., 122 Summerfield
- Tuesday, November 4, 3 p.m., 122 Summerfield
- Thursday, November 6, 12 p.m., 122 Summerfield
- Friday, November 7, 10 a.m., 125F Summerfield
Any questions regarding the KU School of Business Mentorship Program can be directed to Ashley Kruger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-5590.